What is the CELPIP?

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is a general English language proficiency test.

The CELPIP Test allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English. The test clearly, accurately, and precisely assesses a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, such as communicating with co-workers and superiors in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and interpreting and responding to written materials.

Why Take CELPIP?

The CELPIP Tests are Canada’s leading general English tests for immigration and professional designation.

  • Computer-Delivered

Done in just one sitting and includes features such as a personal timer, word counter, and spell-check.

  • Single North American Accent

Easy-to-understand English and vocabulary taken from everyday situations

  • Quick Online Results

Available online in just 4 to 5 calendar days after the test date

  • Free Study Materials

Free sample tests, videos, online information sessions, preparation courses, and webinars

There are two types of CELPIP tests: 

  • CELPIP General: The CELPIP general test evaluates 4 skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each section will require you to first look at a prompt or case and then submit your answer. The CELPIP General testcan be taken at any authorised centre around the globe.
  • CELPIP General LS: The CELPIP General LStest evaluates 2 skills: Listening and Speaking. Both sections are the same as in the CELPIP General test. The CELPIP General LS test is only available at official test centres in Canada for citizenship applications.

How long is the CELPIP test?

The CELPIP General test is three (3) hours long. Each skill has an allocated time as follows:

  • Listening: 47 to 55 minutes
  • Reading: 55 to 60 minutes
  • Writing: 53 to 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 15 to 20 minutes

Be mindful of your time! The test duration of the session is the same for all the candidates, if you arrive late for your exam or you have to take a bathroom break, that time will be lost and won’t be reinstated under any circumstance.

The CELPIP General LS test is one (1) hour and ten (10) minutes long. The time allocated to each skill is the following:

  • Listening: 47 – 55 minutes
  • Speaking: 15 – 20 minutes 

Unlike other English exams like IELTS, for example, every CELPIP test is completed in one sitting.

How is each section of the test structured?

Each section of the CELPIP test is divided into parts. There will be an introductory practice question where you can familiarise yourself with the format of the task and how you are expected to answer it.

1) Listening:
Number of Questions Topic
1 Practice Task
8 Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving
5 Part 2: Listening to Daily Life Conversation
6 Part 3: Listening for Information
5 Part 4: Listening to a News Item
8 Part 5: Listening to a Discussion
6 Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints
2) Reading:
         Number of Questions Topic
1 Practice Task
11 Part 1: Reading Correspondence
8 Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram
9 Part 3: Reading for Information
10 Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints
3) Writing:
Number of Questions Topic
1 Part 1: Writing an Email
1 Part 2: Responding to Survey Questions
4) Speaking:
Number of Questions Topic
1 Practice Task
1 Task 1: Giving Advice
1 Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience
1 Task 3: Describing a Scene
1 Task 4: Making Predictions
1 Task 5: Comparing and Persuading
1 Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation
1 Task 7: Expressing Opinions
1 Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation




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